Body found near Northfield carries 40-year prison sentence


Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) – A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of a man whose body was later found in a culvert near Northfield.

The Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office said Ivan Contreras-Sanchez, 41, was convicted of a second-degree murder charge in the case in late July. The jury that found him guilty also determined that these were aggravating factors that warranted an upward deviation from the state’s sentencing guidelines. A press release says the 480-month sentence is the maximum allowed for a second-degree murder conviction.

Contreras-Sanchez has been accused of brutally beating Manuel Mandujano, 39, and causing his death in March last year. Investigators determined the murder took place in Minneapolis and the victim’s body was transported to an area south of Lakeville and left in an agricultural culvert along a rural road about 5 miles north of Northfield .

The criminal complaint says Contrera-Sanchez was connected to the crime through an electronic device found near the body and connected to his email.

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